Kin for the win? Emmerdale’s Andy gets a surprise visit

October 1, 2014 by  
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Robert Sugden is to return to Emmerdale causing trouble for his brother and old adversary Andy.

Newcomer Ryan Hawley is set to take on the role and will first appear on screen late October.

“I am absolutely over the moon to be joining the show,” said Ryan. “Playing such an interesting character with a complicated history in the village is so much fun, especially as my family are all big Emmerdale fans. I can’t say much about what’s going to happen but I am delighted to be a part of it.”

Robert and his adopted brother Andy have always been at loggerheads. Andy has never forgiven Robert for having an affair with his fiancée Katie, whilst Robert has never coped with feeling Andy was the most cherished son. Could Robert’s return cause old rivalries to awaken? Particularly now Andy and Katie have rekindled their love and are planning to marry. Will Robert’s arrival jeopardise their big day?

Kate Oates, Emmerdale Series Producer says: “I’m delighted to welcome Ryan to the show. Robert is a complex character and when we were looking for someone to take over the role, Ryan had the perfect balance of charm and edge. Robert Sugden’s life has moved on in many ways… but those ingrained feelings – about his father, Andy, Katie, and the village where he grew up – are sure to find an explosive outlet.”

The character of Robert Sugden was previously played by Karl Davies from August 2001 until he left the village in October 2005.

Vicar Harriet gets jealous on Emmerdale

July 2, 2014 by  
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Ashley Thomas (John Middleton) is soon to find love when he meets Carole played by Ex-Coronation Street actress Tracy Brabin.

Hesitant Ashley is reluctant to introduce Carole to his friends but Vicar Harriet (Katherine Dow Blyton) soon stirs things up by texting Carole from Ashley’s phone. Soon Carole is in the village but Harriet’s meddling backfires when things go well for Ashley and Carole and Harriet realises she is jealous.

Tracy Brabin “It is a total delight to be playing Carole back in my home town of Leeds. She’s funny and sexy with a dark secret. Ever since I played Trisha in Coronation Street, it’s been a personal and professional ambition to work with the wonderful actors and writers of Emmerdale. I hope the public take to Carole as much as I have.”

Tracy will first appear on Wednesday 23 July.

Emmerdale’s Ruby In For A Surprise

January 30, 2014 by  
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The secrets of the past come home to roost for Emmerdale’s Ruby Haswell (Alicya Eyo) when her ex-boyfriend makes an appearance in the most unlikely of circumstances.

James Redmond (Casualty, Hollyoaks) will play Seb who re-appears in Ruby’s life as she struggles with mounting debt and unsuccessful attempts to become pregnant and have a much yearned for baby with her partner, Ali (Kelli Hollis).

Consequently Ruby applies for a job as a carer who looks after an elderly gentleman, William, who just happens to be her former boyfriend’s father. Veteran actor, Dudley Sutton, takes the role of William, who with his old fashioned attitude, initially makes things difficult for Ruby.

James and Dudley will be on screen from the end of February.

Dudley says, “This will be my second appearance in Emmerdale as I appeared in 1997 as a tramp! It’s great to be back in Yorkshire and I have fond memories of filming the Beiderbecke trilogy in the same building as Emmerdale is now filmed.”

James said: “Having taken a 5 year break from acting to concentrate on stand up comedy I am really looking forward to getting back on the horse. It will be great to join the cast of Emmerdale and Seb will be my first time playing a northerner!”

Emmerdale appears on ITV Monday to Friday at 7pm with an extra episode at 8pm every Thursday.

Donna Returns To The Dales

January 8, 2014 by  
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Trouble is ahead for everyone’s favourite pub chef Marlon Dingle when ex wife Donna, played by Verity Rushworth, arrives back in Emmerdale this March.

Donna’s return not only threatens the happiness between ex husband Marlon (Mark Charnock) and his new fiancée Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy), but there will soon be more to her return than first meets the eye.

Verity will reprise her role of the much-loved character Donna in February and will be on screen from March. Verity says: “I’m thrilled to be re-joining the wonderful Emmerdale team. The emotional journey my character is set to experience will be wonderfully challenging to play, and of course working with some of my oldest friends is going to be a real treat!”

Kate Oates, Emmerdale Series Producer says: “I’m delighted to welcome Verity back to the show. Donna left under a real cloud with Marlon – so her return should ruffle some serious feathers in the village. I’m really excited to see the impact she has on the friends and family she left behind!’’

Since leaving Emmerdale at the beginning of 2009, Verity made her West End debut as Penny Pingleton in ‘Hairspray’ and has added a wealth of stage credits to her name.

Xmas Day TV Clashes

December 13, 2013 by  
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Make sure you get your viewing schedule sorted quickly. Or there could be trouble this Christmas…

Here are your key Christmas Day clashes (with 2012 viewing figures in brackets) – vote now!

1. Strictly Come Dancing Xmas Special (9.2m) v Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Dogs (4m)
2. Call the Midwife (10.2m) v Emmerdale (6.3m)
3. Doctor Who (9.9m) v Coronation Street (8.9m)
4. Eastenders (11.3) v Downton Abbey Christmas Special (8.6m)
5. Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special (11.7m) v Downton Abbey Christmas Special (8.6m)
6. Michael McIntyre’s ‘Showtime’ v Love Actually

Emmerdale funeral for Richard Thorp

September 13, 2013 by  
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After the sad death of Emmerdale actor Richard Thorp earlier this year and after consultation with his Family, Emmerdale will soon mark the fictional death of the character Alan Turner.

Alan Turner Ex-Landlord of the Woolpack will peacefully pass away and his long time friend Betty Eagleton will be the first to learn of his death after calling up to his bedroom and realising Alan is not responding.

On screen, Alan’s funeral will be seen at the end of October and actress Lorraine Chase who played his daughter Steph Stokes for 4 years, will return to reprise her role for the episode surrounding this storyline.

The character Steph is currently serving a stiff sentence for murdering her son Terence, of which she is innocent. Steph will be escorted back to the village by prison guards in a police car.

Quote from Lorraine Chase “l was devastated when l heard the news that my dear friend, Richard Thorp had died. He was a wonderful, joyous man, a great actor, and l felt privileged to have worked with him so closely. When Emmerdale rang me to ask if l would consider coming back to guest at his character Alan, my on-screen dad’s funeral, I was over joyed, I just wish with all my heart that the circumstances were different.”

Emmerdale is produced by ITV Studios and appears on ITV Monday to Friday at 7pm with an extra episode at 8pm every Thursday.

Bringing The Bartons Back Together

August 29, 2013 by  
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There’s a new Barton in town when Moira receives an unexpected visit from her late husband’s brother James Barton to be played by actor Bill Ward.

Farmer James Barton is a single father to 3 grown up sons. He was John’s older brother, although the pair had a rift that wasn’t healed before John’s untimely death last year.

Bill will start filming in September and will be on screen from late October. Bill has a wealth of television and stage credits to his name and is best known for his role in Coronation Street, Cold Blood and the West End musical Spamalot.

Bill says: “I’m really looking forward to it. The Emmerdale team are a very talented bunch indeed and I’m extremely chuffed to have been asked to join them.”

Kate Oates, Emmerdale series producer says: “I’m delighted to welcome Bill to the show. The Barton family have always been extremely popular with our audience and the arrival of James will be the start of a new era for them.”

Emmerdale is produced by ITV Studios and appears on ITV Monday to Friday at 7pm with an extra episode at 8pm every Thursday.

Denise Black Joins Emmerdale

June 21, 2013 by  
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There are testing times ahead for Amy (Chelsea Halfpenny), one of Emmerdale’s most loved characters, when she makes contact with Kyle the son she had adopted. Kyle is now living with his adoptive Grandmother Joanie who will be played by acclaimed actress Denise Black.

Denise began filming her first scenes this week and will be on screen from August. Denise has a wealth of television and stage credits to her name and is best known for her roles in Coronation Street, Bad Girls and Queer as Folk.

Denise’s character Joanie is a person Amy never thought she’d ever meet. Their relationship opens up a whole new story for Amy as she gets to know her son and the life he’s been living since she gave him up two Christmases ago. Joanie is warm and loving – everything Amy should want for the grandmother to her son.

Denise says ‘’Joanie’s a character I’ve never played before. My first grandma! Dear lord, that came round quick! She is going to get some very tasty stories, so I’m really looking forward to it. I already know quite a few of the cast and I met Lesley Dunlop on my first day who said “you’ll love it here, it’s a lovely job”. The casting came through on my birthday so there we go, what a present. I can’t believe my luck.?

Kate Oates, Emmerdale series producer says I’m delighted to welcome Denise as a wonderful addition to Emmerdale. Her story will see her playing against some of our best-loved characters, and I know an actress of her calibre will be a fabulous asset to the show.

Top 5 Soap Villains Who Deserve Comeuppance

May 1, 2013 by  
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In recent months, there have been numerous soap villains on the box who have been getting away with far too much in recent weeks.

Whether it’s their bad manners, shady dealings, blackmail, or even murder, it has been quite unpleasant to see these characters walk around like they’re a chosen saint one minute, and then behaving like they’re the devil’s spawn the next.

Here at On The Box, we’ve selected five soap characters we feel deserve their comeuppance this year.

In absolutely any way possible.

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5. Phil Mitchell

There have been many villains during EastEnders‘ 28 year run, some nastier than others. But while Phil Mitchell has been more anti-hero than villain these past few years, he’s still done things in the past that have made us viewers really red in the face.

His treatment of other Square residents haven’t exactly earned him a nice word of mouth, as well as the fact that he has several times jeopardised Lola’s chances of getting baby Lexi back, covering up his son Ben Mitchell’s murder of the much loved Heather Trott.

Seriously analysing Phil Mitchell really puts his character in perspective. You’ll see someone who’s traumatised, lonely, and mentally damaged from years of feuding, manipulation, violence, and abuse.

But to many mainstream soap viewers, he is summed up in one word: bully.

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4. Kylie Platt

Kyle started off in Corrie as a bit of a wild child, but ultimately grew more mature and wise, eventually settling into a marriage with former wild child David Platt. But it seems her crazy antics have cost her a huge deal.

Kylie ended up having a one night stand with Nick Tilsley, following an argument with David, as well as Nick being jilted at the altar by Leanne (They’re together now).

Now Kylie’s pregnant and the child could either be Nick’s or David’s. It’s a classic soap dilemma, and one that had Corrie viewers hooked instantly. Whoever the father is, Kylie’s life is sure to unravel in the worst possible way.

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3. Will Savage

In a way like Kylie, Will entered Hollyoaks a very different character: Geeky, shy, and very insecure. However, during his tenure, his character has taken many dark turns that have ultimately made him a weirder, psychotically disturbed character. He has deceived his family, and manipulated many more. Including most recently Texas Longford, who he’s trapped in a web of lies, which are only getting deeper and deeper.

With an upcoming wedding on the horizon, it stages the perfect opportunity for Will to get his just deserts. But with the events that will transpire following his wedding, will the village see the true Will manifest, and turn him into an village outcast? And will that includes his family too?

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2. Karl Munro

I always knew Karl would be a sly character, but I didn’t know it would take this long to reach this low.

As his obsession of winning back Stella grew, he resorted to burning down The Rovers Return in order to make some form of play back into Stella’s good books.

This led to a tragic turn of events, where Sunita Alahan (Karl’s ex mistress) caught him in the act of torching the cellar of the Rovers, threatening Karl’s Grade A plan in the process. A scuffle later and Sunita is out cold surrounded in flames, as Karl escapes into the street, leaving Sunita to die.

Karl then somehow stoops even lower by turning off Sunita’s life support, killing her in the process. This dreadful act has sadly – but not surprisingly – lead Karl & Stella getting back together. But, as ever in soaps, an act like this will ultimately come back to haunt Karl when the time is right. And in true soap fashion, it may just be at the wedding altar.

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1. Cameron Murray

Carl King may not have been the nicest villain on Emmerdale Farm, but he surely didn’t deserve a gruesome end by Cameron Murray of all people.

Since smacking Carl in the head with a bloody brick, Cameron has resorted to new lows in order for his grubby secret to stay hidden. So much that he murdered again. Alex Moss was the next character to meet Cameron’s deadly hands, and ended up in a muddy grave in the Emmerdale woods.

Serial Killer stories rarely end well for the killer themselves, so it’s obvious to note that Cameron Murray will finally meet his maker when the time is right. Whether it’s this summer, Christmas, or maybe even 2014, if the writers can make this storyline as exciting as when it commenced, we’re in for an absolute treat.

Wise Words For Terrible Television

February 12, 2013 by  
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The term ‘guilty pleasure’ is really annoying. If you take pleasure in something, then that’s awesome – embrace the joy. Feeling bad because you like One Direction or Grease 2 is a complete waste of energy.

However, there’s people out there who’ll try and bring you down for what you like to watch on telly. They’re arseholes, but sometimes etiquette means you can’t say that to their face. What you need is a watertight excuse, something that’ll shut down these mouth-breathers so completely that you can watch all the Hollyoaks you want and they won’t say a peep. As always, OnTheBox is here to help. Read more

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